it·​er·​a·​tive ˈi-tə-ˌrā-tiv How to pronounce iterative (audio) -rə- How to pronounce iterative (audio)
: involving repetition: such as
: expressing repetition of a verbal action
: utilizing the repetition of a sequence of operations or procedures
iterative programming methods
iteratively adverb

Examples of iterative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Photograph: Apple Every new iPhone in the past few years may have felt like an iterative upgrade—slightly better camera here, slightly better performance there. Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 12 Sep. 2023 Apple AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds (2nd Gen) for $199.00 (List Price $249) Apple AirPods 3rd Generation Well known for iterative design, Apple likes to let the marketplace shape its product offerings over time. K. Thor Jensen, PCMAG, 15 Aug. 2023 This planning is iterative, refined through drills that test our assumptions and expose our weaknesses. Mary C. Meyer, STAT, 1 Aug. 2023 What sets the video-game industry apart from other programming jobs, Chakraverty says, is the highly iterative nature of the work. IEEE Spectrum, 26 June 2023 Many of the upgrades this year (like most years of late) are iterative. WIRED, 26 July 2023 The answers, therefore, are malleable, and the user needs to participate in an iterative process to shape them into something useful. James Intriligator, Fortune, 24 July 2023 This iterative approach is important because models are able to adapt as they are exposed to new data. Raghu Bongula, Forbes, 17 July 2023 Like many technological innovations, writing robots are meant to create efficiency, particularly for businesses that have to produce large amounts of iterative text. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 11 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of iterative was in the 15th century

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“Iterative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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